In “The unknown, my flaws, your building...”, Fonema Consort delves into the expressive musical potential that lies in the convergence of painting and language, the voice and poetry. This program takes as its starting point the work of iconic Latin American creators Clarice Lispector, Roberto Matta, and Chavela Vargas. At the center of the program is Richard Barrett’s virtuosic tour de force Coïgitum, which took its inspiration from Chilean painter Roberto Matta’s large-scale homonymous work. Featured are new works by Fernanda Aoki Navarro, Pablo Santiago Chin, and an excerpt from McKnight Fellow Tiffany Skidmore’s opera-in-the-making.
Richard Barrett // Coïgitum // voice, flute, oboe d'amore, piano, percussion // 1984
Pablo Santiago Chin // Si Chavela met Matta II // voice, piano, percussion // 2018 (world premiere)
Fernanda Aoki Navarro // New work // voice, piano, percussion // 2018 (world premiere)
Tiffany Skidmore // no stars // voice, flute, piano, percussion // 2016